I’ll never forget the first time I met Robert Reid.

The former Lonely Planet editor is known for his wry observations, being an aficionado of the varying mustaches of Siberia, and giving keynote speeches so fantastic and fantastically long that conference organizers let him go 20 minutes longer than he should. And during a short car ride from a conference party to dinner in Athens a few years ago, he paid me one of the biggest compliments I have received in this line of work.

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